How to Find Cheap Rentals in Puerto Vallarta

How to Find Cheap Rentals in Puerto Vallarta
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One of the best things about Mexico right now is that it is very affordable for Americans to travel there. Your accommodations will be the most expensive thing you will buy when traveling. It pays to do some research and find the best deals!
 
Here are some great tips to help you find an affordable place to stay when visiting Puerto Vallarta!
 
 
Everybody has their favorite travel search websites, hotels.com is definitely one of ours. It is super user friendly and we have always had good experiences with them. If you are going to Puerto Vallarta for a few days or a week, staying at a hotel is a good option to consider. Hillary and I have found that we prefer hotels for short term visits. This is because they are often a little bit more comfortable and you know exactly what you’re going to get. With the use of the maps and filters, you can’t go wrong using Hotels.com
 
 
If you prefer to stay in more residential areas or you are staying in Puerto Vallarta for an extended period of time, Airbnb may be the way to go. We have rented two different apartments in Puerto Vallarta from Airbnb. The first was for a few days and the other was for four months. In both cases we had tremendous experiences! One way to increase the likelihood of an enjoyable experience is to read the comments about your rental before you book it. This can be time consuming, but it’s never fun to arrive to your apartment only to find out it’s a piece of junk! Often guest comments will let you know if the bed was comfortable, what the neighborhood is like, if the host was responsive and friendly. Use the filters and map tools to narrow down your search by location, amenities, size, etc.
 
 
Ah, good ol’ Craigslist! We have found the cheapest apartments (they looked nice too) on Craigslist. Craigslist seems to be better if you are renting something that is relatively soon, versus months in advance. As with any good deal, it may take a little more work to find the perfect place if you’re using Craigslist. Using google translate may be helpful, as well as being able to determine if the price is in USD or Pesos. When inquiring about a post on craigslist it’s always a good idea to ask them to send you more pictures and any and all information that may be important. Please, please, don’t send them money way before you get there. If you do, make sure you do your due diligence to determine it’s not a scam.
 
 
This group has some great information about all aspects of the city. You can search through old posts to find answers to your questions or pose your own questions to the group about renting an apartment. It is likely that somebody in the group can point you in the right direction.
 
Please note that this group can be a little “much” sometimes. It is no reflection upon the city of the locals, but don’t get caught up reading the expat rants in the group…Just wanted to give a fair warning!:)
 
Find apartment searchers in PV
 
Google search “Puerto Vallarta Apartment Rental Agencies” and several businesses will pop up. A rental agent will help you find a rental that suits your needs perfectly. This option is great if you don’t want to do much research and if you are staying for 6 months to 1 year in Puerto Vallarta. I have found that most apartments listed on these sites are on the expensive side. Again, we only recommend this option if you are staying long term.
 
The Property GIrl
 
 
Gloria Banorvic
 
 
Go first, find the neighborhood you like, talk to people on the streets or look for “For Rent” signs
 
This option is by far the most risky, but you’re likely to find the best deal if you opt for this route. Hillary and I are too much of chickens to try this, but I am convinced it would work. There are many places in Puerto Vallarta that aren’t listed on big websites and are rented through referrals and word of mouth. For example, whenever we lived in Puerto Vallarta for four months, one of our neighbors had a two bedroom apartment that he rents for 250 USD/month! That’s hard to beat!
 
So what’s our favorite method?
 
We love Airbnb! The ability to see ratings and comments really helps us choose the right place to stay!
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  • Travelling Dany

    I never tried Craigslist, while I particularly like Airbnb and a few similar options. I’m liking those more than hotels so I found this pretty useful!

  • Brianna

    I’d be really afraid to try Craigslist! I’ve heard of way too many scams with them. I like to use booking.com, then comparing that price with the property’s actual website. Usually they’ll match the price.

  • Lara Dunning

    Puerto Vallarta is on my list of places to visit. Would like to get to the point where I can stay for a few months somewhere. Great tips on finding a cheap rental. I’m with Brianna, I’m a little leary of Craigslist for out-of-state rentals, even tho I’m sure there are legit ones on there. I didn’t think about using a rental agency either.

  • Clare Colley

    I have never been to Puerto Vallarata but it looks beautiful. I think if I was staying long term I would use Airbnb or hotels.com if it was just a short stay.

  • I had no idea you could find accommodation on Craigslist! And the Facebook group sounds like an idea resource for information about the area. Thanks for the tips!

  • Emily Louisa

    I also didn’t know you could use Craigslist to find accommodation. My usual method would be booking.com or Airbnb. Puerto Vallarta looks like a lovely place to stay for a while so I really like the idea of checking out the Facebook group for some insider information!

  • I like the walking around and looking for Alquilar signs! But yes it’s stressful moving to another country without knowing where to live!

  • I have yet to explore Puerto Vallarta! Airbnb hardly ever disappoints me so I’m glad you mentioned that! I’ll definitely have to check out these other resources that you listed. Thanks so much for sharing! Happy travels 🙂

  • Jenn Brown

    I’ve never thought about joining a FB group! What a great idea. Also, I’m a big fan of Airbnb as the value is usually pretty high. Thanks for sharing, I’d love to visit this beautiful part of the world soon 🙂